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Western Veil & Pickering's Triangle - HOO, 


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Imaging telescopes or lenses: Stellarvue SV80-3SV

Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI1600MM Pro

Mounts: Sky-Watcher EQ6R-Pro

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Stellarvue F050G

Guiding cameras: ZWO ASI178MM

Software: Pleaides Astrophoto PixInsight 1.8 Ripley  ·  N.I.N.A  ·  PHD2

Filters: Astrodon Ha 3nm  ·  Astrodon OIII 3nm

Accessory: Pegasus Astro Ultimate Powerbox v2  ·  ZWO Filterwheel EFW 7x 36mm  ·  Moonlite NiteCrawler WR30  ·  Dew-Not DN004 Dew Heater Strap

Dates:July 27, 2020July 28, 2020

Astrodon Ha 3nm: 44x300" (gain: 200.00) -10C bin 1x1
Astrodon OIII 3nm: 43x300" (gain: 200.00) -10C bin 1x1

Integration: 7.2 hours

Darks: ~100

Flats: ~25

Flat darks: ~100

Avg. Moon age: 7.89 days

Avg. Moon phase: 55.34%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 7.00

Astrometry.net job: 3742518

RA center: 20h 47' 46"

DEC center: +30° 55' 39"

Pixel scale: 0.809 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -125.223 degrees

Field radius: 1.261 degrees

Resolution: 4443x3332

Locations: Home, Broadlands, VA, United States

Data source: Backyard


In my first year I tried this region in one shot color and it came out....well, let's just say it's not one of my better images. Since then I've wanted another shot at it. I had a couple of nights where I was able to spend some quality time in the region and collected 3.6 hours each of H-alpha and OIII. I also collected some SII but opted not to use it. I played around with some tricolor combinations and decided I liked the HOO version better.

This info is for revision B:
processing for individual filters
normal integration
dynamic crop
mure denoise

processing on the combined master:
channel combination (HOO palette)
histogram transformation
lhe (1 scale)
curves (contrast, color and saturation)
TGV Denoise
Adv Sharpening script
Star Reduction script

This fixes some of the mottling in the background that I couldn't control in the first version. Much as I like the detail in drizzle, it seems a bit easier to control the noise with a normal integration.

This info is for the original revision:
Processing for the individual filters
- drizzle integration
- deconvolution
- dynamic crop
- dbe
- MLT noise reduction (very mild)

processing on the combined image
- channel combination (HOO palette)
- histogram transformation
- lhe (2 scales)
- curves transformation (contrast saturation)
- tgv denoise
- Adam Block's modified star de-emphasis procedure
- AdvSharpening script



License: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Creative Commons


  • Western Veil & Pickering's Triangle - HOO, 


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    Western Veil & Pickering's Triangle - HOO, 




Description: This is a non-drizzled version that I could then run mure denoise on. I think I kept the background from mottling and though the resolution isn't as good since it isn't drizzled, I think the overall result is better.

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Western Veil & Pickering's Triangle - HOO,